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UL students frustrated after "housing glitch"

UL students frustrated after "housing glitch"
Posted at 10:45 PM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-16 17:46:48-04

Dozens of UL students won't be living where they thought they would in three weeks when the fall semester starts.

Weeks before the start of class, the University has to re-assign some student housing.

Nearly 70 sophomores thought they would be living at The Heritage at Cajun Village, the new student housing that's nearly complete on Johnston Street.

Multiple UL sophomores are taking to social media, airing their frustrations with the University.

One student KATC spoke with says at the start of the spring semester, UL Housing gave sophomores the green light to sign up to live at Heritage Apartments.

Amber Lupo says everything was set for the fall semester. Her apartment contract was signed, the down payment was taken care of and she was assigned a room number. Lupo says today, UL Housing called to say sorry, but sophomores are not allowed to live in Heritage. Lupo says the University is offering to house displaced students in other apartments on campus or the dorms.

Lupo says she wanted Heritage because it is brand new and it was marketed as "luxury apartments." She tells KATC she feels like UL Housing lied to students.

"It gives us a bad taste in our mouths about housing specifically and it kind of reflects badly on the University. Our spots we signed up for in February is being given to juniors and seniors that signed up two weeks ago when they told us the Heritage apartments weren't even full," Lupo said. "They said there was more space available and now they're saying there is going to be no space."

UL's Interim Chief Communications Officer Aimée Abshire said, "A glitch in the University's housing assignment system resulted in approximately 70 continuing freshmen students being assigned rooms in upperclassmen residential housing. Students are being reassigned to rooms in residential housing based on their classification. They will be provided comparable living arrangements at no additional cost."

Lupo says her roommate is flying in from Maryland and they plan to find a place to live off campus.